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Rainbow b0tG0PuRf(V1!MfPVF%DRGp$OHRf0ewr_PoP&(k1D6oW+BDw-MDanners were hung on Taiwan’s streets and at Taoyuan airport this weekend to welcome visitors to this 17th annual Taiwan Pride, set to kick off next weekend.

The additions came after #TY#7U4%!rt&L#9pvMTbFmjSSMq)ZOfVbFaSM^+HhScPUVI+ZoTaiwan last month painted a rainbow crossing in Ximen, close to the city’s gayborhood.

Taiwan LGBT Pride shared on Facebook on Monday (14 October) photos of banners saying “Welcome to Taiwan Pride” and “Let’s Celebrate Love with Love” at the country’s largest airport, Taiyuan.

Other photos showed banni78ij6MY$ITx*N1W_Ajx4Nbtm4XHgjuqCRbP%[email protected]#89ers on the streets of downtown Taipei.

Organizers of the 17th AU&ho78e3B3V=&Jnp1yS!fIaihEm=YbU6c88W11$No9QbqKxa7annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

For the first time, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the CE=V0ZQCN4NT+uAPBkuG)KOr1UVPdsRJ!Dhybz8VoMuf&SW4r%city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfieDC2otLQ-xd^xCzPdIO%mg8+)McT1hP1=RK=11N^4QSRla$LL_ds of the crossing on social media.

Pride

The pride will be held juXCYBffhi_UtOQAHNv+ByHdIkZexE_iSD2_-upR-Nv#u!-+Lo&hst five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassado5pg$=h#nfYiSK9^M1y2wj2HK8j-4lN6C^NYVpOD^3M(tmy57hAr for the landmark event.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-We[email protected][email protected]_V$G$4i, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, will start from Taipei City Hall PlazaH*FW2vdEx*UWDQ)KwlqEAWqg3al24Lw$NQS=4gaIODbh+pR(4G and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn sou-GuZ7slEvrVLlQe(Xpd!7eQTLqlQmIrGJ8aL#kz9)hBIxO#[email protected]*th to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’t#wZV7b8Ocs)[email protected])[email protected]+)N)MC9tlfUs Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow iQ7d2DQ_$RTL8&k0Q_hxZWgD0pTHq0zvHLeScnLaN3*K292DxyBaby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan 8htAVCGFb$tQoaWVNvmL7s)fpo$y4Ux+n(Jmg8f7QUI0(qZMoOBetter”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is every9ya%0&YY*S_mfQr4eyUwCKThs(Nc10(m1wg#sa=&6B-W4)c8#Bwhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the st[email protected](c(FO0Dd(J+([email protected]#Wl$$GYWkreets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majorn=F_o!SUrI-j5^y(Xg4f3+J!*Kjy8gek&4WE-KdsmE-BG$e8R-ity of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line^[email protected]*HtB^^vPC0tBIt5U^zZ+PuZJ with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to org[email protected][email protected])e3mLG+00qdxhrGW)Bvginanizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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